Author Archives: Michelle Krocker

Adaptive Reuse

Re-purposing or repositioning the glut of vacant and obsolete commercial office buildings is a challenge confronting many jurisdictions throughout the DMV – some more than others. With an estimated 18 million square feet of vacant office space at the end of 2015, Fairfax County took the lead in exploring both the challenges and potential solutions

Re-Purposing Office Buildings

   Come to the community meeting on September 25 and learn about the proposed Fairfax County comprehensive plan amendment that will facilitate the re-purposing of vacant office buildings in mixed-use activity centers and industrial areas.   Community Meeting for Office Building Re-purposing Comprehensive Plan Amendment Monday, September 25, 2017 from 7-9 p.m. Bailey’s Upper Elementary

AHS 2017 Leckey Forum

Arlington for Everyone Tools for Maintaining and Creating Diverse Housing Options Wednesday, September 20, 2017 – 3:00pm – 7:30pm NRECA, 4301 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, 22203 Arlington is rapidly changing. High housing costs, redevelopment, and demographic shifts are remaking our community. With all of these changes underway, what can be done to help ensure that Arlington can

We Know What To Do

For a significant percentage of the workforce and vulnerable households living in Greater Washington, housing affordability is a challenge, and as such that challenge poses threats to our long-term regional vitality and prospects for economic growth. We Know What To Do Over the years, a considerable amount of research has identified, reviewed and documented the

Who Is Cost-Burdened?

The loss of market affordable housing stock in Northern Virginia over the past decade is well-documented. First captured by local housing agencies in 2000, this trend has been covered more recently by local journalists, building awareness of the issue of housing affordability as a significant regional challenge. The latest examples on the loss of these

Leveraging Local Housing Dollars

There’s a lot of anxiety and concern over the Trump administration’s proposal for the FY2018 federal budget. The HUD budget alone anticipates a 13% reductions in funds – a loss of $6.2 billion compared to FY2016 levels. These cuts would devastate low-income households, seniors and persons with disabilities, and eliminate entire programs critical to localities

Out of Reach in NoVA

The National Low Income Housing Coalition has released Out of Reach 2017, their annual report on the state of affordable rental housing in America, and its conclusions are dire. Millions of Americans struggle to find housing that is affordable on their salaries, and in no state can a person working full-time earning the federal minimum

A Celebration and A Merger

On May 5, NVAHA hosted the fifth annual AHOME Housing Hall of Fame Awards Ceremony and Reception, a celebration of the careers and achievements of three outstanding housing leaders, at the NRECA Conference Center in Arlington. Housing colleagues from across the region gathered to honor the 2017 awardees – Fairfax County Supervisor Cathy Hudgins, former

Budget Wrap-Ups

  Alexandria, Arlington and Fairfax County governments have completed their deliberations and adopted budgets for FY2018. This was a particularly challenging year for all jurisdictions, as they experienced pressures from growing school populations and requests for additional metro funding to maintain the viability of the regional transit system. In addition, the City of Alexandria received

Fairfax Co Begins Community Engagement for Housing

  Fairfax County’s Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) is ready to take their presentation for the community-wide Housing Strategic Plan on the road. As we reported last fall, this effort is meant to align with the County’s Strategic Plan to Facilitate Economic Success adopted in 2015. The first community-wide meeting will be held